“Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” So goes the cry of every frustrated kid sitting cramped in the back of their parents car on the way to holidays. “We’ll be there when we get there!” is the usual retort from parents who are sick of hearing this repetitive plea! I could never understand as a kid how you could be “on holidays” and yet still not be actually at the destination, as if somehow sitting in the back of my parents car was every kids idea of a great time. I must admit at the moment, with exams looming, I feel a bit like a kid in the back seat screaming “are we there yet?” I have studied and read past exams, prepared papers, read some more, but I still haven’t sat the exam. This “now and not yet” reminds me of the Apostle Paul’s words in Romans 5:1-5 where he says
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
What awesome words of encouragement, that even our sufferings urge us to hope in God. What’s more, they aren’t worth a scrap compared to the glory that awaits us…
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18)
What about you? What things remind you that we live in the “now and not yet”?